Hayley Foster

CEO, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

Award: Harvard Authentic Leader Development Program

Not-for-profit CEW scholarship

Hayley Foster is the Chief Executive Officer of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia and the Full Stop Foundation. With over 20 years’ experience in policy, practice and law reform, Hayley is deeply passionate about putting evidence into action and working collaboratively to address sexual, domestic and family violence. Hayley holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and postgraduate qualifications in Social Sciences, Financial Planning, and Family Disputes Resolution.

Throughout her career, Hayley has worked in frontline specialist sexual and domestic violence services, family law practice, family disputes resolution, accredited behaviour change, violence prevention, policy and law reform, and executive management.

She has worked across the business, social services, health, and justice sectors, with diverse population groups across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia; advocating for inclusive change with a social justice lens.

Hayley is passionate about women’s leadership and system reform. She currently holds advisory positions at the state and federal level, including the NSW Minister’s Council on Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research Sexual Assault Advisory Panel, the Chief Justice of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on the Successor Plan to the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2021-2022.

Hayley’s recent advocacy has been focusing on the experience of sexual assault complainants through the legal system, advocating for safer courts and the criminalisation of coercive control.

Hayley has secured critical funding for frontline sexual, domestic and family violence services in response to the increased demand on services resulting from Covid-19 and lockdown orders.

Currently, Hayley is working alongside survivor advocates to campaign for respectful relationships, consent education in schooling, national definitions of coercive control, sexual consent and grooming.

She is passionate about supporting and nurturing young women leaders, including those impacted by gendered violence, to ensure that we create lasting change and put a full stop to sexual, domestic and family violence.

Jerril Rechter AM

Member of Champions of Change Coalition

Director Western Bulldogs Community Foundation

Award: CEW Leaders Program

Not-for-profit CEW scholarship

With an executive-level career spanning over 20 years, Jerril Rechter AM is known as an innovator, a leader and an influencer.  She has extensive leadership experience across government and not-for-profit sectors including CEO of Basketball Australia, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Leadership Victoria.

Throughout her career, Jerril has embedded innovation at the centre of the organisations she’s worked with. An accomplished and persuasive influencer adept at leading high performing organisations, Jerril’s breadth of career experience spans income generation and maximisation of

commercial sponsorship opportunities; strong brand, marketing, digital and campaign expertise; and high-level stakeholder management in complex environments: including local, state and federal government; peak health, wellbeing and sporting bodies; arts organisations, universities, local and national media outlets.

Jerril is a past and current member of numerous boards and committees in government and not-for-profit sectors.  These include the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Chair of the Stephanie Lake Dance Company, several Victorian Government ministerial committees including Chair of the Justice Health and Ministerial Advisory Committee and member of the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation, and internationally a World Health Organisation Adviser and Chair of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations.

She regularly presents at conferences and events in Australia and internationally regarding innovation in leadership, sports, health and wellbeing.

Jerril is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Leadership from RMIT University in Melbourne.  She is a recipient of Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Australia Council, Harvard Club of Australia and the Australian Davos Forum-Future Summit. In 2015, she was named Victorian winner of the Government and Academia category at the prestigious Telstra Victoria Business Woman of the Year Awards. Jerril was named in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence in the Public Policy category for 2016. She was recently included in the inaugural Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) list, which shines a spotlight on exceptional leaders, highlighting their work and creating role models for other women in the sector.

Michelle Lynch

Chief Operating Officer | Ramsay Pharmacy Group

Award: Executive Development Program, Wharton School, USA

Michelle is a registered pharmacist with over 25 years in healthcare, working across public and private sectors.  Prior to her current role, she was a senior consultant for an independent specialist consulting firm providing advice and solution on medication management and pharmacy service issues and challenges to private and public hospitals, state and federal governments, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Michelle joined the Ramsay Pharmacy Group (RPG) in February 2016 and currently holds the role of Chief Operating Officer of RPG, with accountability for the operations of the pharmacies within Ramsay private hospitals in Australia and supporting the franchise network of community pharmacies, over 100 locations.

Michelle is passionate about the pivotal role pharmacists can play in the multi-disciplinary healthcare team combined with the use of technology, to deliver best health outcomes to patients.

Michelle also contributes to the wider pharmacy profession as Director of The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and is currently one of the National Vice-Presidents.  She chairs the boards Finance Audit and Risk Management committee.  Michelle was awarded a Fellow of The Pharmaceutical Society of Australian in 2019 for her service to the pharmacy profession.  She has held positions on the editorial board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary, the clinical advisory board of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and is currently appointed as a member of the Australian Advisory Council of the Medicinal Use of Cannabis to the Federal Minister of Health.

Caroline Patrick

Director of Brand and Member | Super SA

Award: Executive Development Program, Wharton School, USA

Caroline Patrick is the Director of Brand and Member for Super SA, the Government of South Australia’s $30 billion superannuation fund, Caroline leads the organisation’s diverse member engagement functions.

Caroline has held senior and executive positions in highly regulated industries including banking, wealth management, credit finance, health insurance and superannuation.

With an accomplished career in marketing, honours included Australian Marketer of the Year, Fellow and Patron of the Australian Marketing Institute and Head Judge of the Marketing Awards for Excellence.

Caroline has served on the boards of complex not-for-profit organisations in the disability and health sectors and is an active member of industry relevant committees.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors Course, Caroline also holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business and has studied Disruptive Strategy at Harvard Business School.

Alison Price

Founder and Managing Director | SoilCyclers

Award: Executive Development Program, Wharton School, USA

When SoilCyclers Founder and Managing Director Alison Price first set up her new business in 2009, she had never owned a pair of steel cap boots; and the last time she wore fluoro orange was as a kid in the ‘80s. Now, almost 12 years later, Alison has turned her business into one of the largest full-scale soil recycling operations in Australia and oversees recycling projects on more than 50 sites annually.

These projects recycle up to half a million cubic meters of material, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, save clients more than $5 million, take approximately 30,000 truckloads off local roads, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 6000 tons, and reduce the use of virgin resources. In addition to this, the methods used to recycle and improve soil ensure that local animal habitats are protected.

As a strong, female leader working across three out of the four most male-dominated industries in Australia, Alison prides herself on her ability to think differently. Since 2009, she has been campaigning to make positive changes to traditional practices in the construction, waste and mining industries, and has achieved this through her innovative recycling methods such as soil amelioration, remediation and decontamination.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology and previously worked as a knowledge management specialist for an Information Management consultancy. She is a former Director and Vice Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), a Director of Austmine, a Board Member for the Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) and a Director of Circular Mine Pty Ltd (an Australian and European consortium recently selected as a finalist in the BHP Tailings Challenge).

Alison’s recognitions and awards include the:

  • 2020 Australasian Awardee for the WE Empower United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Challenge.
  • 2020 Queensland Major Contractors Association Ian Harrington Award for Collaboration
  • 2020 ROAR Silver Award for Best Eco Product
  • 2020 Best Waste Reduction and Landfill Mining Company – Australia, CV Small Business Awards
  • 2019 APC ‘Woman of Waste’ Award
  • 2015 Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards Finalist for ‘Earthmover and Civil Contractor Environmental Choice’
  • 2014 Civenex-Q Winner for ‘Best Green Site’
  • 2014 NAWIC Queensland/Northern Territory Crystal Vision Award for Achievement in Construction (Civil Works)
  • 2013 NAWIC Queensland/Northern Territory Achievement as a Businesswoman (Small Business) Award
  • 2013 Australian Business Awards ‘Best Eco Product’

Le Truong

Nurse Unit Manager | St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Award: Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship, Southern Cross University

Le Truong is the Nurse Unit Manager of an Acute General Medical ward at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, where she has recently celebrated her 10 years of service.

Le has experienced a broad range of areas within the hospital in these ten years, starting as a Graduate Nurse in the Orthopaedics Ward. Since 2011, Le’s roles have included; Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Orthopaedic Tumour Surgical Liaison Nurse, Continuous Improvement Coach and Nurse Unit Manager.

Le’s unconventional career path is a driving force in the professional development of her staff. Nurses play a pivotal role within hospitals, and Le is keen to further explore the potential of the nurses within her organisation.

After completing her Bachelor’s in Nursing degree, Le went on to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management and has recently become a Nurse Immuniser to aid in Victoria’s Covid-19 response.

Le is well known for her transparency, lateral thinking and engagement of the Multi-Disciplinary Team in improvement work.

Having led a team of nurses through Melbourne’s COVID-19 Wave 2 in 2020, Le has discovered a strong calling to the wellbeing and retention of nurses. Le is passionate about the future of the nursing profession and is looking forward to further developing her leadership skills and employing these skills to make meaningful changes in the nursing profession.

Louise Gray

Chief Operating Officer| CARE Australia

Award: Schmidmaier / Mayne Scholarship

Louise is responsible for making CARE Australia a sustainable and impactful organisation. Since 2016, she has expertly led our finance, people management, IT, governance, compliance and business support functions. She is also the Company Secretary, Chief Finance Officer and Child Protection Officer. Her guiding principle is to use her voice and platform to affect change for the better. She is focussed on being bold and challenging the status quo so we can minimise overhead costs and direct resources to our core business.

Louise has strong governance experience, having held senior executive roles in government, not-for-profit and international aid organisations. Her achievements were recognised on the national stage when she was a finalist in the 2000 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards.

Louise has a strong interest in diversity and inclusion, particularly understanding how aspects of a person’s identity affect their experience of discrimination and privilege.

Louise was previously the Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer at Carers ACT, Director of Louise Gray Consulting Services, and Executive Director Corporate Services at Koomarri Disability Services.

Gaelle Gouillou

Chief Executive Officer | The Spiers Centre

Award: Schmidmaier / Mayne Scholarship

Gaelle has worked in leadership roles for over ten years across the not-for-profit sector in many service areas including aged care, housing, workforce development, family services, indigenous and

multicultural, youth services, refugee and migrants, community development and children’s services.

Gaelle has been the CEO of The Spiers Centre since March 2017and has led strategic and operational optimisation with multidisciplinary knowledge and proficiency. Gaelle has been recognised for leadership qualities as the winner of the Community Leadership Award 2019, Perth Business Women’s Alliance for Emergency Women in Leadership and as a nominee for the Impact

25 Pro Bono Australia 2019 Awards “Recognising Positive Impact”. Gaelle has contributed to the strategic goals in the sector of a number of committees and Boards in the multicultural youth, aged care and community legal service areas and currently holds appointments with several Boards and Committees.

Gaelle holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and General Studies, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practise and Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Law. Gaelle also holds

professional certificates in Arbitration and Mediation as well as Financial Management and Governance through the Governance Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Community

Directors. She also holds professional membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Community Directors Australia.

As a CaLD, migrant woman who openly identifies as LGBTQIA+ Gaelle is committed to supporting communities with strong advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusion. Gaelle is highly passionate about building resilience and capacity to support the lives and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Penny Palmer

Legal Governance Risk & Compliance Director | The Fred Hollows Foundation

Award: Schmidmaier / Mayne Scholarship

Penny is the Legal Governance Risk & Compliance Director at The Fred Hollows Foundation. She is passionate about transparent governance culture built on accountability, empowerment and integrity. Finding this balance is crucial when supporting lean teams working to end avoidable blindness and vision impairment across 26 risk environments as diverse as Ethiopia, Hong Kong, UK and Vietnam. Prior to The Foundation Penny spent nine engaging years at Commonwealth Bank across a variety of roles, finally heading up the Group Insurance team that won a CEO Award for risk management.

Her career commenced as a lawyer at what is now international law firm Allens Linklaters in Sydney, later moving to Clifford Chance in London. Penny has a strong interest in organisational ethics. She is a member of the Banking & Finance Oath’s Advocacy & Awareness Committee, assisted Amnesty International Australia on its Rethinking Governance project and is committed to The Foundation’s work supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Her favourite way to take a breather – racking up the family bikes for Tasmania.

Kate Percy

Director of Knowledge & Outcomes | Berry Street Victoria

Award: Schmidmaier / Mayne Scholarship

Kate Percy is the Director of Knowledge & Outcomes at Berry Street Victoria, one of Australia’s largest community services organisations, where she is also the Principal Privacy Officer.

Kate has worked in various national and senior leadership roles within the community sector, centred around strategy, service design, transformation, policy development and reform.

Before moving into senior leadership, Kate gained a depth of hands-on experience in project and program management; beginning her community services career in frontline service delivery as a social worker in government and NGO settings.

Kate is committed to breaking down barriers between the not-for-profit and the corporate world in pursuit of innovation and technology that enhances support to children, young people and families. She is also passionate about working to address the opportunity gap for girls and women living in rural and remote settings.

Kate lives on Yugambeh country with her partner and two small children.

Deanella Mack

Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader | EY

Award: CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Deanella (Dee) Mack is the Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader at EY Australia (EY). Since November 2018, she has been providing cultural support and advice to EY staff and teams Australia wide to develop culturally safe workplace practices, increase staff cultural capability, and assist in implementing a culturally intelligent approach to working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Prior to joining EY Dee worked in several roles within Aboriginal organisations, NGO’s and Government departments across health, mental health, legal, education and community services. Then in 2014, started her own business, Cultural Connections NT, to provide local cultural awareness training in her community and cultural tourism at Angkerle Atwatye, Standley Chasm.

In 2017 she received the NT Indigenous Person’s Award from the Australian Association of Social Workers and is currently a board member for the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT).

Dee is an Arrernte woman, born and raised in Alice Springs, Central Australia currently living and working in Brisbane, Queensland. She credits her maternal grandparents for influencing the work she does today and is passionate about creating systemic changes by embedding Indigenous cultural capability standards to inform workplace policy, processes, and practices.

Katrina Johnson  

Managing Director | Cartymara Consulting

Award: CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

A proud Gooreng Gooreng woman, Katrina Johnson was raised on my traditional lands located along the Burnett River from Cania Gorge to Bundaberg in South-East Queensland, Australia. I am a direct descendant of Granny Betsy, Granny Lexie, Lena Horton and Phyllis Appo.

Katrina lived and worked on Yorta Yorta country in Shepparton, Victoria, for over 30 years and used her extensive journalism, media management and communication skills to carve out a career serving her community.

Under the leadership of Yorta Yorta leader Paul Briggs OAM and driven by a commitment to empower others, her work has influenced various sectors including media, education, business, employment, youth and families, leadership, not-for-profit and community governance. An active contributor to my family and community, Katrina continues to lead in various roles outside her work commitments. A 2019 Executive Master of Business Administration graduate at Melbourne Business School, her next venture is tackling corporate, government, education and business domains to pursue avenues that will drive economic parity, cultural affirmation, and self-determination for First Australians and First Nations’ Peoples of the world. Using a rights-based approach, she believes moving from intervention to investment will transform prosperity for both First Nations’ people and non-Indigenous peoples.

Katrina is an experienced corporate executive with a demonstrated history of working in leadership, people and culture, organisational development, media relations, management, strategy, business, engagement, and community organising. Katrina is a highly skilled journalist with newspaper publishing, editing and newsroom management skills.

Work and life has taken Katrina abroad and she currently enjoys doing business globally. Katrina is currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.

She is married to Mark Johnson with four children and three grandchildren.